Reflections: God’s plan of salvation may have started with Israel but it was never intended for Israel alone. It would be through Israel that he would bless every nation and gather a people for himself from every corner of the earth (Gen 12:3). God’s plan was always for world-wide worship. We Gentiles who were once excluded from God’s people have been saved into his family through his Son Jesus. Our new life is deeply connected with God’s people. Independence and individualism have no place in the Christian life. There’s simply no such thing as the lone wolf, solo flying or churchless Christian. The church is the means and goal of God’s plan of redemption. It is ground zero of his mission in the world—the epicentre of his new kingdom.
Question: Why is it so easy to think we don’t need anyone else? How are your plans to advance the gospel deeply connected with the church?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for including us Gentiles in your family. Help us keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace and celebrate our deep gospel unity in one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Amen.